Boise State Surpasses Goal in Idaho’s Most Successful Higher Education Fundraising Campaign

Boise State University surpassed $185.4 million during the first-ever comprehensive effort to raise funds to benefit its people, places and programs. This makes it the most successful higher education fundraising campaign in Idaho history.

At its official end on June 30, 2011, the seven-year Destination Distinction campaign reached nearly 106 percent of the original $175 million goal and affected all areas of campus. The campaign engaged more than 23,000 donors and included gifts ranging from as small as a few dollars up to $13 million. Its tremendous effects have had implications locally and globally and will continue to benefit students, the community and beyond for generations to come.

“We are most appreciative of our alumni, parents, friends and industry partners who believe in the vision of Boise State University and have stepped forward with support,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. “The Destination Distinction Campaign has been a catalyst for new and exciting developments both inside and outside of the classroom and we look forward to even greater achievements in the years to come.”

The campaign provided funding across all colleges and several departments. Contributions went to student scholarships, assistantships, graduate fellowships and research opportunities as well as support for faculty, academic programs, facilities and equipment.

“As a student, knowing others believe in me enough to give is empowering,” said ASBSU president Brandie VanOrder, who has received several financial awards at Boise State, including the Frank Church Public Service Scholarship and the George Campbell Memorial Endowed Scholarship. “My education and experiences at Boise State have allowed me to pursue knowledge through different avenues such as classwork, extra-curricular activities and volunteering. I am inspired to do my best not only academically but in all things, so that I can represent the university with pride.”

In addition to educating future leaders, Boise State’s academic programs, research and public service support the area’s burgeoning industry and public needs. Contributions to this campaign, as well as prospective gifts, have contributed to the ongoing success of the city and region.

“Exceeding our goal underscores the strong commitment of our friends and alumni to Boise State University and points to the value of a world-class university in the Treasure Valley,” said Allen Dykman, ’74, owner and president of Dykman Electrical Inc., who co-chaired the campaign alongside Micron CEO Steve Appleton, ’82. “We’re very pleased with the success of this campaign and extend our appreciation to all who made it a reality.”

In all, the campaign created new scholarships and funded three endowed chairs, several fellowships, graduate programs, research centers and new and renovated buildings. The most notable accomplishments since the launch of the Destination Distinction campaign include:

  • The creation of 376 new student scholarships
  • Funding for endowed chairs in nursing, biology and the Idaho Bird Observatory
  • Three new academic buildings focused on student instruction and research — Micron Business and Economics Building, Norco Building for the Department of Nursing and University Health Services, and the Ron and Linda Yanke Family Research Park
  • Support for new Ph.D. programs in engineering
  • Two new or planned buildings designed to support the campus community and Boise area needs — Stueckle Sky Center and Alumni Center
  • Four new and planned athletic facilities — Caven-Williams Sports Complex, Arguinchona Basketball Complex, Bronco Stadium expansion and Dona Larsen Park
  • More than $2 million contributed by Boise State employees

Boise State’s success earned a 2011 Educational Fundraising Award from the national Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its efforts to advance the university during the past three years. The award honors superior fundraising programs across the country and are a component of CASE’s Circle of Excellence program.

Boise State was selected to receive an Overall Performance Award based on an analysis of three years of fundraising data. This year, 874 higher education institutions were eligible for the awards. Boise State was one of 24 institutions to receive an Overall Performance award; another 13 institutions received Overall Improvement awards.

For more information on how to support Boise State’s mission and vision, visit


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